AUB’s Global Health Institute (GHI) and Malaak Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on December 7, 2018 in the presence of Dr. Shadi Saleh, Founding Director of the Global Health Institute and Mrs. Asma Abou Ezzeddine Rasamny, Founder of Malaak NGO.
The main purpose of this MOU is to develop a collaborative framework between AUB’s GHI and Malaak NGO with the strategic aim of improving the health, living conditions, education level, and capacity building opportunities, of displaced and host communities in geographic areas of operations and management of Malaak NGO.
Both parties will work together on 1) joint community service and outreach activities such as health awareness days and screening for diseases 2) joint capacity building and health education activities and population and 3) community-bases research focusing on health related issues among displaced communities.
The Global Health Institute at AUB addresses global health challenges with a focus on context and sustainable impact by employing an interdisciplinary approach.
Malaak NGO is a Lebanese non-governmental non-profit organization aiming at providing education to Syrian refugees displaced in Lebanon and ending illiteracy in the camps through education, and innovative programs designed to empower families to achieve self-sufficiency.
This MOU pours into GHI’s goal to expand the reach of its community service, capacity building, and research activities and to address the health needs of displaced and host communities. Collaborating with a respectable and action-oriented organization will facilitate access to the target populations whether in camps, or other convening spaces, and can serve as the logistical and technical support lead in the field. In return, Malaak NGO organization can depend on the expertise of AUB’s GHI as an interdisciplinary, first of its kind independent global health institute within an academic institution in the Middle East and North Africa region.